The Orlando Miracle were a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Orlando, Florida. They began play in the 1999 WNBA season. The Miracle relocated, in 2003, to Uncasville, Connecticut where the team became the Connecticut Sun. The Miracle was a sister team to the NBA's Orlando Magic.
|Arena||TD Waterhouse Centre|
|Team colors||Electric Blue, White, QuickSilver, Magic Black |
- 1 Franchise history
- 2 Season-by-season records
- 3 Players
- 4 Coaches
- 5 All-time notes
- 6 References
The city of Orlando was granted an expansion franchise in 1999, and the Orlando Miracle took the floor for the 1999 season.
The Miracle posted respectable records in their four years of existence (1999–2002). The Miracle made the playoffs once, in 2000, and lost in the first round against the Cleveland Rockers. In 2001, the Miracle took a step backwards, but they hosted a very successful 2001 WNBA All-Star Game. In 2002, the Miracle posted a 16-16 (.500) record, tying for the final playoff spot with the Indiana Fever. But, the Miracle had lost the tie-breaker, so they barely missed the playoffs. Little did anyone know that the 2002 season would prove to be the Miracle's last in Orlando.
Relocation to ConnecticutEdit
After the 2002 WNBA season, the NBA sold off all of the WNBA franchises to the operators of the teams. Magic owner Rich DeVos was not interested in keeping the Miracle, and no local ownership group emerged. In January 2003, the Connecticut-based Mohegan Native American Tribe bought the team.
The new owners moved the team to Uncasville, Connecticut and changed the nickname to the Sun (in reference to the tribe's Mohegan Sun casino.) The Connecticut Sun's new nickname and logo were reminiscent of another Florida-based WNBA franchise, the Miami Sol, which folded at the same time as the Miracle.
- 1999–2002: For home games, white with blue on the sides and shoulders and white Miracle logo text on the chest. For away games, blue with white on the sides and white Miracle logo text on the chest. The Miracle logo is on the shorts.
|Season||Team||Conference||Regular season||Playoff Results|
|2000||2000||East||3rd||16||16||.500||Lost Conference Semifinals (Cleveland, 1–2)|
|Regular season||60||68||.469||0 Conference Championships|
|Playoffs||1||2||.333||0 WNBA Championships|
|Orlando Miracle roster|
|Orlando Miracle head coaches|
- Carolyn Peck (1999-2002)
- Dee Brown (2002)
Current WNBA players are in italics.
- 1999 Expansion Draft: Andrea Congreaves (2), Kisha Ford (4), Yolanda Moore (6), Adrienne Johnson (8)
- 1999 WNBA Draft: Tari Phillips (8), Sheri Sam (20), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (32), Carla McGhee (44), Elaine Powell (50)
- 2000 WNBA Draft: Cintia dos Santos (4), Jannon Roland (20), Shawnetta Stewart (36), Romona Hanzova (52)
- 2001 WNBA Draft: Katie Douglas (10), Brooke Wyckoff (26), Jaclyn Johnson (42), Anne Thorius (58)
- 2002 WNBA Draft: Davalyn Cunningham (23), Saundra Jackson (39), Tomeka Brown (55)
- April 18, 2002: The Miracle acquire Clarisse Machanguana from the Charlotte Sting for the Miracle's first-round pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft.
- July 8, 2002: The Miracle acquire Wendy Palmer from the Detroit Shock for Elaine Powell.
- 1999: Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Shannon Johnson, Nykesha Sales
- 2000: Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Shannon Johnson, Nykesha Sales
- 2001: Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Nykesha Sales
- 2002: Shannon Johnson, Nykesha Sales
Regular season attendanceEdit
- A sellout for a basketball game at TD Waterhouse Center is 17,248.
|Regular Season All-Time Attendance|
- 2008 Connecticut Sun Media Guide